Chronic Back Pain in Cold Weather

Most people have experienced back pain at least once in their life. There are plenty of times when back pain is nothing to worry about, but other times, it can be a significant hindrance to your life. Neuropathic back pain can be extremely debilitating, making it difficult to perform everyday activities. No one should have to sit on the sidelines because of chronic back pain. That's why we've outlined everything you need to know about neuropathic back pain.

What is Neuropathic Back Pain?

Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain that occurs when there is damage to the nervous system. Your nerves transfer information between the brain and spinal cord from the skin, muscles, and other parts of the body, so when they are damaged, it can cause a wide range of issues. This can include damage to the spinal cord, nerve roots, or peripheral nerves.

The two types of neuropathic pain are peripheral and central. Peripheral neuropathic pain occurs when the damage affects the nerves outside of the spinal cord, whereas central neuropathic pain is caused by damage to the spinal cord or brain.

What Are The Causes of Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain may be caused by nerve damage due to inflammation, infections, trauma, toxins, tumors, and metabolic conditions like diabetes.

Neuropathic pain often becomes chronic and is frequently the result of an injury or trauma that compresses or impinges on a nerve, damaging it beyond repair. Some examples of neuropathic pain causes are:

  • A herniated disc - A herniated disc may irritate a nerve root, which might produce neuropathic pain signals. The herniated disc may eventually stop compressing the nerve, but damage to the nerve tissue can occur and continue to send incorrect pain signals to the brain.
  • Degenerative disc disease - This is a condition where the discs between your vertebrae begin to break down and shrink. This can cause the disc to bulge or rupture and compress a nerve root.
  • Bone spurs - Bone spurs, which are bony growths that form along the edges of bones, can compress nerves as well.
  • Spinal stenosis -Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord. This can damage the nerves that travel through the spine.

If you suffer from any of these conditions, you may be at risk of developing neuropathic pain. It's important that you seek pain relief treatment from a neurosurgeon before the condition gets any worse.

Symptoms of Neuropathic Back Pain

The symptoms of neuropathic pain can vary depending on the underlying cause. However, there are some common neuropathic pain symptoms that patients may experience. These can include:

  • Burning pain.
  • Numbness or pain tingling.
  • Weakness.
  • Shooting or spontaneous pain.
  • Sensitivity to touch.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Depression or anxiety.

If you are experiencing any of these neuropathic symptoms, you must see a neurosurgeon as soon as possible. They will be able to diagnose the underlying condition and develop a treatment plan for pain relief or pain management.

Treatments for Neuropathic Pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for neuropathic pain. The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on the underlying cause of your pain. Some common treatment options for neuropathic pain include:

  • Medications - There are a variety of medications that can be used to treat neuropathic pain, including over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • Physical therapy - Physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles around the affected area and improve the range of motion.
  • Surgery - In some cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the pressure on the nerve or to repair the damage. Surgeries like a laminectomy can be performed to address the underlying cause of your nerve pain. A neurosurgeon can help to determine if surgery is the right option for you.

Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that can be difficult to treat. However, there are a variety of treatment options available. If you are experiencing neuropathic pain, don't suffer in silence. The expert neurosurgeons at Dayton Neurological Associates can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Verdon today to discuss your treatment options and receive lasting pain relief.

Dayton Neurological Associates provides Dayton, OH with back pain relief, neurosurgery, and concussion care. With cutting-edge diagnostics and high success rates, Dr. Michael P. Verdon improves patients’ function and quality of life. We offer services ranging from lumbar discectomy surgery to concussion treatment and more. If you would like to schedule an appointment, schedule one online today, or contact us at (937) 797-3137 for more information.